In this paper we attempt to understand what Socrates says about expertise and virtue in Plato’s dialogue Laches in the light of Socrates’ idea of “human wisdom” in the Apology of Socrates (20d8, 23a7). Conducting a good life requires both “knowledge about good and bad things” (Laches), that is, knowledge about human well-being, and “human wisdom” (Apology). Socrates aspires to epistemic autonomy: Trust in your own reason, and don’t let any expert tell you anything about your own happiness.
Topoi – Springer Journals
Published: Nov 24, 2016
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